On Monday evening members were treated to a stimulating and thoughtfully crafted presentation by the Lake District based, professional photographer, Carmen Norman. This was a fitting culmination to a successful season of guest speakers. Carmen shared with members her rich portfolio of atmospheric and often breathtaking images of the special places on her doorstep. She entertained and educated with her journey, studying the great masters of painting and photography and applying the lessons learned and observations made about the classic rules of composition and lighting to her own work. Our members will undoubtedly set up their cameras, look through their viewfinders and compose their images with new perspectives and heightened expectations.
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Next week our members will take their cameras and tripods along the Canal Corridor, into the City centre and around the Castle Precinct in groups led by Mike Atkinson, Alan Hartley and Graham Harvey. The leaders will provide assistance with shot selection and camera settings and members will, as always, seek to provide advice and assistance to those in the groups with questions and those looking to learn and develop their photographic skills. New members wishing to walk with a group and watch and learn will find the experience helpful and rewarding.
Wet weather will lend its own signature to urban, evening shots and will not deter the group leaders from setting off at 7.30. Hot drinks will be available at Cameron House from 9.00pm.
We entertained ourselves with our own images, in this "best of the year" set of digital colour and monochrome images. There were some shots from previous competitions and many fabulous new images too.
Meanwhile, the external judge, Simon Ray, entertained us with his careful and positively framed feedback, his views on cropping and image borders. Judging club competitions must be a challenging task - Simon pulled it off seemingly effortlessly, while giving us all the benefit of his eye and his experience.
All the commended and highly commended images can be seen here.
On Monday evening our annual, informal gathering with members of Morecambe Movie Makers showcased the talents of our respective members and provided a much anticipated cocktail of highly entertaining, informative and imaginative, still and moving images. Our members were presented with an interesting insight into the use now made of drone mounted cameras by the Movie Makers. This fast moving technology adds an expansive, high quality dimension to story telling, and a notable example during the evening was an entertaining and educational short film on the River Lune. It described the northerly path taken by the river Lune from dominant estuary to insignificant source, and highlighted notable, historical and social associations and milestones.
This popular, annual event has already been programmed for March 25, 2019.
On Monday evening a large, attendant audience was entertained and educated by the local, landscape photographer, Lee Metcalfe. Lee sets very high, personal standards for the passionate way in which he searches out and records promising viewpoints, chases early morning and evening light, waits patiently for that light to cast a magic spell over the landscape and finally, records the event on film, in a large format, panoramic camera.
His professionalism, tenacity and unwillingness to settle for second best was reflected both in his highly informative presentation, which was thoughtfully constructed, the many high quality images on show and the insights into both his camera craft and his photographic forays into wild places and wilder weather.
Our society is fortunate that there is a rich pool of talented, professional photographers in Lancaster willing to direct time, energy and experience to presentations that enthuse and improve the knowledge and craft of our society members and we thank Lee, Nick and Jono for their contributions to our 2017/18 season. www.leemetcalfelandscapephotography.com
On Monday evening we welcomed the external judge, Mike Davis, who had spent the previous 2 weeks looking at the 94 colour and mono images selected for entry into Competition 5, ‘Industrial and Urban’. Mike succeeded where many others judges fail, by giving equal attention to every image submitted for competition, and providing friendly, carefully considered and helpful thoughts on their respective strengths and weaknesses. The growing strength of the club and the participation of talented, new members was reflected in the many high quality and imaginative images on show and the award of ‘highly commended’ and ‘commended’ status to both established and more recent members.
Our season of guest speakers hit unprecedented heights on Monday evening when we were entertained by the self-taught, fine art photographer, Neil Hulme. Neil introduced members to his all-encompassing passion for photography, red wine and malt whisky with an entertaining mix of comic anecdotes, intriguing, practical insights into his camera and digital darkroom craft, and his rich gallery of long exposure, mono images. Neil’s work has a strong signature, driven by his desire to share with others his unique response to familiar and often mundane natural and man-made, structures and places.
His images engage and surprise by revealing hidden beauty. They are thoughtfully constructed, contemplative, otherworldly, and hugely inspirational. Neil’s visit to Lancaster Photographic Society will live long in the memories of its members and will, undoubtedly, influence and enrich their work and working methods, both in the field and in the digital darkroom.
On Monday evening we were introduced to the thoughts and conclusions of the independent judge appointed to examine the images entered into our annual, inter-club competition by our own members and members of the Peterhead Club, in the North East of Scotland. Our members were rewarded with a convincing victory and welcome confirmation of their continuing development technically and artistically as photographers. Our growing confidence as a club is now reflected in increasing interest in extending our involvement in inter-club competitions and preparing individual members for participation in regional competitions.
Jono Symonds, who is a valued supporter of the Society, provided a much-anticipated introduction to the art of portrait photography. With the helpful assistance of David, Jono provided members with an insight into the working methods of the professional photographer, both during the shooting stage and in post-processing with ‘Lightroom’ and the plugin ‘Nik’ software. Jono was extremely generous and helpful with his advice, practical demonstrations and practitioner's tips and we thank him for his time preparing and delivering a presentation which members will see as a timely foundation for the society’s emerging programme of weekend workshops on studio photography.